Archive for the ‘Communications’ Category

Why Do You Hate Math?

May 29, 2014

Prof. Edward Frenkel, University of California, Berkeley:

“Imagine that you had to take an art class in which you were taught only how to paint a fence or a wall but were never shown the paintings of the great masters. Would that make you an art lover? Years later you will talk to your friends and say ‘Oh my gosh! I hated art at school, I was so bad at it.’ What you would really be saying is ‘I was bad at painting the fence.’ And likewise with mathematics people often say ‘Oh, I was so bad at math, I hate math.’ but what they are really saying is ‘I was bad at painting the fence.’”

Picture math as an expression of beauty.

Tell your friends, your children, math is beautiful.

Then pause. Smile.

Let them take it from there.

Math is amazing.

Use it to paint the world.




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Gmail’s April 1 Anniversary

April 1, 2014

How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago Today

Harry McCracken writing for TIME:

“If you wanted to pick a single date to mark the beginning of the modern era of the web, you could do a lot worse than choosing Thursday, April 1, 2004, the day Gmail launched.”

It was not an April Fool’s joke.

Here’s Google’s original news release.

Gmail’s “creator”, Paul Buchheit, is not quoted.

His color in the TIME article is classic Silicon Valley.

Balancing innovation, creating a team, addressing privacy, advertising, incorporating search, launching.

A tech “how-to.”

Gmail is now a decade old.

Out of Beta.

But a work in progress.

Still addressing privacy.

Did you get one of the original Gmail invites?

Do you still use it?


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Social Media Sunsets

March 20, 2014

Sunsets Light Up Social Media

Looking for quality, online content?

Look up.

Then share your view.

Sunrises, sunsets, weather, nature, the sky, clouds.

I could see the ingredients coming together.

So much so, I issued a “Sunset Watch” on Twitter:

Jeff Schwartz Sunset Watch Twitter

Believe I invented the “Sunset Watch.” Copyrighting the idea.

Sure enough, looking west:

Sunset Colorado Jeff Schwartz

Sunset lights up mountain-wave cloud. Looking west.

Looking east:

Sunset Colorado Jeff Schwartz

Orange and purple. Looking east.

As sunrises and sunsets approach, watch the online world, worldwide.

Amateur photographers start posting amazing content.

Content that is widely retweeted and favorited.

My Tweetdeck and Facebook walls light up, as people look up.

Newsrooms enjoy fresh visuals.

So do your followers.

I’ve had pics shared by journalists and meteorologists globally.

Family and friends rely on me to cover Colorado’s sky glory, too.

I know you love what I call your “selfie-content.”

Try self-taken sunrise and sunset pics, instead.

Show off the horizon facing you vs. your face.

Your social media community will thank you.

The clicks and shares provide proof.

I think TV stations need dedicated sunset web cams.

Until then, follow me on social media.

Watch for my “Sunrise Watches.”

Share your views.

Get more viewers.


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How to Unplug

March 8, 2014

It’s National Day of Unplugging 2014

Technology can help you “honor” this day.

Julie Balise of The Tech Chronicles says there are apps for that.

She features 10 of them.

They range from “Anti-Social” to “Detox”:

“Like the range of unplugging they provide, these apps require various levels of commitment. One won’t let you use your phone again until the pre-set unplugging time is over. Others are more forgiving.”

Editor’s Note:

iPad Mini. It’s unplugged. Really.

I’m totally unplugged. In fact:

  • This prewritten post was in a queue.
  • Really.
  • I’m only carrying an iPad Mini for the companionship.
  • Fits nicely in my back pocket.
  • But it’s not on.
  • Really.
  • It’s just…”with” me.
  • So, I’m unplugged.
  • Call it concealed carrying.

Are you unplugged today?

Can you?

Facebook’s Mind-Blowing $19 Billion Purchase

February 20, 2014

Remember: WhatsApp feeds Facebook hundreds of millions of billing accounts

Why did Facebook buy WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, a Silicon Valley record?

Caleb Garling writing for SFGate:

“There’s a tendency to dissect the acquisition by user numbers or compare WhatsApp to other messaging apps or Instagram but, to me, the value for Facebook is in WhatsApp’s hundreds of millions of billing accounts. WhatsApp charges $0.99 per year after a yearlong free trial. That is basically a zero barrier to give WhatsApp your payment info.”

The deal met with investor skepticism.

Facebook’s stock slid up to 5 percent in late trading:

Facebook stock drops on $19 billion WhatsApp deal

But back to the details.

Your payment information.

Some 450 million people worldwide use WhatsApp’s subscription service.

That’s a big entree to new users for Facebook.

And lot of new information.

How will it be used?

Elon Musk Goes Around Media … to You

November 19, 2013

The Mission of Tesla

CEO Elon Musk blogs:

“The media coverage of Model S fires vs. gasoline car fires is disproportionate by several orders of magnitude, despite the latter actually being far more deadly.”

Musk takes on the headlines:

“Reading the headlines, it is therefore easy to assume that the Tesla Model S and perhaps electric cars in general have a greater propensity to catch fire than gasoline cars when nothing could be further from the truth.”

He asks for fact-based reporting:

“Journalists with a deep knowledge of the car industry, such as the news editor of Automotive News, understand and attempt to rebut this notion, but they have been drowned out by an onslaught of popular and financial media seeking to make a sensation out of something that a simple Google search would reveal to be false.”

Musk is spot on:

“Since the Model S went into production mid last year, there have been over 400 deaths and 1,200 serious injuries in the United States alone due to gasoline car fires, compared to zero deaths and zero injuries due to Tesla fires anywhere in the world.”

Why do business and financial media stray so far from the data?


Journalists chasing more “clicks”?

Whatever the case, this CEO just went around the media.

Straight to you.

That’s leadership.


UPDATE  No. 1: Elon Musk took the facts to twitter, too.


UPDATE No. 2: Investors find +Elon Musk a credible source:

Tesla Elon Musk $TSLA

$TSLA up 3.71%

Tesla’s stock popped more than 3 percent.

Credible leadership. Facts. Data.

Straight from the CEO.

More valuable to you on this day…

…than traditional media.

Ouch: Thomson Reuters "Second(s)" Guesses Itself

July 8, 2013

Suspends Early Peeks at University of Michigan consumer confidence survey

Peter Lattman:

“The controversy over the Thomson Reuters practice highlights the prevalence of high-speed trading in the nation’s financial markets. More than half of all American stock trades are now executed by firms that rely on computer algorithms to execute thousands of orders a second. These traders can get an edge by obtaining market data even milliseconds before their rivals.”

Damage done. This is damage control. Credibility at stake.

Business reputation takes hard gut-hit.

Father’s Day Over Generations

June 16, 2013

In pre-school:

  • Someone delighted by my arts & crafts.

In high school:

  • Someone mom reminds me to thank. Afterward, his smile makes me feel glad that I did.

In 20s:

  • Someone you can’t wait to call. Both of you share ups, downs, moments, ideas, dreams. We are now friends, too.

In 30s:

  • Someone who can’t wait to hear about your life as a father: “How is MY grandson.” (Can still feel the smile in his voice!) You put grandson on the phone. The circle of life so clear and joyful.

In 40s:

  • Someone you can’t call anymore. Every photo you see, holiday prayer you say and memory you enjoy reminds you of his love. You talk about him. A lot. You miss him more than words.


  • You spend the entire day waiting for your phone to ring.


  • You can tell his grandson … how blessed you are to be his dad.

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